There have been several KAL-type groups for the last year or two, to create “10 in ‘10″ or “11 in ‘11″ - usually defined by the group. Shawls are a common one (how does anyone complete 11 shawls in a year? Unless you count the scarf-type “shawl” I can’t imagine it).
I seem to respond well to challenges (reasonable challenges!) for my knitting, as well as specific project/goals (knitting olympics, charity projects, etc.). Otherwise, I tend to flit from project to project, finishing by luck or lack of other stimuli. Of course, the smaller the project, the more likely it will be finished in a timely manner - but that is also no guarantee. Stumbling blocks for gauge, loss of needles (Google), underestimating yarn yardage, needing to ‘rewrite’ the pattern for various reasons, pattern errata problems - all of these generally cause me to stick the project in a bag and leave it, usually indefinitely.
Thankfully, I now have Ravelry to
show me what a slacker Iam help me out. In the past, it was difficult and time consuming to pick up an abandoned project. Finding the pattern, remembering which needle I used, the adjustments I made to one side/sleeve to be able to match to the other all conspired to keep me from finishing a project started long ago. My Ravelry projects page tells me (usually) all of that information. I was recently browsing through my projects, strolling down memory lane, until I looked at some of the start dates of these “WIP’s”… three years… really???
So, while I do have a couple of WIP’s that are ‘current’ - and an intriguing charity project for the MKG, I’ve decided to add another challenge in the hopes that I can have some lovely FO’s to show for my efforts.
I am challenging myself to finish 12 projects by the end of 2012. No requirements for size, new or UFO, one-per-month, etc., just complete 12 by the end of the year. My focus will be primarily on finishing UFO’s that have been sitting
long enough that I’m glad I wasn’t making them for my children around for quite some time. I do have three projects done already (OK, they were new this year, but it still counts!):
Hagrid’s Mystery Motorcycle Socks, 72 stitch version
KnitPicks Essential, Kettle-Dyed, Colorway: Ivy (2 skeins) - the photo color is way off, this is more of a forest green
Brittany dpns, size 1 (2.25 mm)
Daisy Baby Booties, 6 month size
KnitPicks Gloss DK (Whirlpool, Cranberry)
Needles: 2.5 (3.0 mm)
Soft Wave Baby Mittens
KnitPicks Gloss DK - Whirlpool
needles: size 4 (3.5 mm) for mitt and size 1.5 (2.5mm) for tie
I’ve pulled several projects from the pile and am currently searching for the patterns so I can finish them up. Perhaps I’ll even manage more than 12?